A child’s younger years can have a great impact on how they are later in life. Our personality as adults is because of our experiences as children. Exposing a child to physical activity through sport early on can greatly benefit them as they progress through childhood. Many of the traits learned through sports can positively impact as the child goes through school into adulthood.
Four Ways That Youth Sports Can Boost A Child’s Mental Performance
Youth Sports Boost Self-Esteem
Children often have no filter when it comes to speaking their minds. With social media, anxiety, and depression have become major issues with youth. The more physical activity a child can get, the more serotonin is released from the brain. This is a hormone the brain releases to make you happy and confident, so you can keep being the awesome person you are! The more someone is physically active or participates in sports, the more likely they will be healthy body weight, increasing their positive self-image.
Helps Classroom Success
The more physical activity one gets, the brain takes more oxygen in. When the brain takes in oxygen, more brain cells grow, which allows you to remember more information. It allows you to study better and have success in the classroom. That classroom success can also be beneficial to the field of play. Often athletes get labeled as someone who is not smart and solely focused on sports. To be involved in athletics, you have to remember plays, react to an opponent’s actions, and learn to be mentally tough. All of these traits can help in the classroom. In the classroom, you have to study for a test, participate in the discussion, and set though class when sometimes you don’t want to. To succeed in the classroom or the field of play more oxygen needs to be taken in so brain cells can grow.
The more activity you get, the better your sleep will be, helping you fall asleep faster. This is important for playing sports or having a big test the next day. When you sleep, your body repairs itself and allows the brain to rest. The more sleep you get, to more, rested you are when you wake up to tackle that big test or perform your best on the field of play. When you get less sleep, you are less likely to remember all of the information you studied for your big test!
Having success is not easy. Getting good grades is not easy, but it will be easier to achieve with good structure and routine. Sports allow children to learn that early. Children have to learn how to balance school, homework, practice, and games. Children learn that one can’t survive without the other. A child won’t do well in games without practice, and they won’t do well in school without doing their homework. If they do not do well in school, then they can not play sports, this teaches discipline. When they watch TV rather than do homework, school will suffer and can’t play sports. If they go to bed late, they will be tired at school and practice and might not do as well. As fun as watching cartoons, they learn that doing their homework is the better choice.